Gareth Southgate ends Kyle Walker’s England career
Cynics may wonder if Kyle Walker’s England career wasn’t already over…
The Star report on Tuesday that England manager Gareth Southgate has ended Walker’s international career.
Walker is 29 years old, while the Man City defender has 48 caps for his country.
— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) April 6, 2020
Southgate fuming about the Man City defender’s party with escorts
Over the weekend, reports spilled out that Man City’s Walker had broken social distancing rules by having a party at his house with two escorts.
Walker has since apologised for his behaviour, saying:
I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week.
I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model.
As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.
However, that apology seemingly hasn’t cut it for Southgate.
The Star report that the England manager will never pick the Man City defender again because of his behaviour during the Covid-19 crisis:
The Man City right-back’s error of judgement last week has left manager Gareth Southgate livid and he will refuse to play him for the England senior team ever again.
Walker is facing a £250,000 club fine following allegations he broke Government quarantine rules to stage a sex party with two sex workers.
England have plenty of right-back options
The writing has been on the wall for Kyle Walker’s international career for some time, anyway.
Walker’s last England appearance came as a substitute against Switzerland in the Nations League finals last June.
The Man City defender has since lost his place in the squad.
Instead, Southgate has picked Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kieran Trippier in his recent squads.
England manager Gareth Southgate to take a pay cut
The Times have confirmed that England manager Gareth Southgate is taking a pay cut.
Indeed, the FA are implementing salary cuts for many of their international managers:
Gareth Southgate will sacrifice £225,000 of salary over the next three months as part of cuts across the FA that will see other England team managers Phil Neville and Aidy Boothroyd also affected by wage reductions of between 15 and 30 per cent.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.